“Snow Predicted”

Snow Predicted - Oil on Canvass“Snow Predicted”

Yeah, that’s about as iconic as one can get when it comes to how so many Americans react to any prediction of severe weather. 🙄

Related Reading:

The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Snow & Rose
National Geographic Readers: Weather
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel

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Painted In Blood & Irony

During the morning of Tuesday, September 29, 2015 a street artist, identified by friends as Antonio Ramos, in Oakland, CA was gunned down and killed while working on a community art project, the Oakland Superheroes Mural Project which is a project sponsored by Oakland’s Attitudinal Healing Connection.

Straight Outta Oakland
Straight Outta Oakland – Painted In Blood & Irony

Yes, this is sad. Indeed, it approaches the level of tragedy. It should, however, have been an expected outcome. It’s not rational to believe that one can to empower individuals to be self-aware and inspired through arts, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities in the ghettos and barrios. Crime and depravity are too entrenched for such efforts to work at any meaningful level and too many of the population of those zones will actively work against such efforts.

At best, such civic minded entertainments should await comprehensive law enforcement purges of the ghettos and barrios before being attempted. Otherwise, the street art ends up, as in Mr. Ramos’ sad case, painted in blood and irony.

Related Reading:

Obra Poetica (Spanish Edition)
The Irony of Democracy: An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics
Good Night California
The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: On Robustness and Fragility (Incerto)
A Thug's Worth

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Lacustrine Mermaids

Lacustrine Mermaids

Most associate mermaids with the marine environment. It seems, however, that Gestiefeltekatze enjoys the beauty of mermaids who prefer to inhabit more lacustrine habitats.

As this blog is called Reflections From A Murky Pond, I’m 100% in favor of more freshwater mermaids, especially ones who love lakes and ponds. 😉

Related Reading:

The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
The Mermaid Handbook: An Alluring Treasury of Literature, Lore, Art, Recipes, and Projects
Mermaid Adventure Scratch and Sketch: An Art Activity Book for Artistic Mermaids of All Ages (Art, Activity Kit)
Women & Power: A Manifesto

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